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One in 10 High School Seniors Have Used Narcotic Painkillers

Most wanted to get high, have a good time with friends, researchers say,, MONDAY, Aug. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Pain relief isn't the main reason why one in 10 high school seniors have tried opioid drugs, a new U.S. study finds. The most common reasons included relaxation, feeling good...

A comprehensive review of addiction to prescription painkillers among patients and physicians

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Chemical dependency and recovery in patients and physicians are closely examined in a series of articles and editorials in the July 2009 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings . The subject is especially timely. As the immense challenges, including potential tragedies, of prescripti...

Cesarean section: Local anesthetic reduces need for painkillers post-op

Giving a local anaesthetic during a Caesarean section helps manage pain after the operation and can reduce consumption of painkillers, according to Cochrane Researchers. The researchers recommend local anaesthetics as part of integrated pain management strategies for Caesarean section operations, ...

If 2 Painkillers Are Banned, What Next?

Other options, available and in the pipeline, could plug a Percocet-Vicodin gap, experts say,, THURSDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- Banning the popular painkillers Percocet and Vicodin, which a U.S. health advisory panel has urged, would not be as drastic as it sounds, some medical exp...

Post-Op Painkillers Tied to Deaths After Spinal Fusion

Middle-aged men appear most at risk from overdosing following the surgery, study found FRIDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- A new study links painkillers to one in five deaths among people who have had spinal fusion surgery (also known as lumbar fusion) to help relieve lower back pain. ...

Labels on OTC Painkillers Need Improvement

Study found safety warnings for kids were missed, could be more prominent MONDAY, March 30 (HealthDay News) -- When Laura Bix brought home a bottle of over-the-counter pain relievers recently, she was surprised to find that the bottle did not have a child-resistant cap on it. Bix, t...

Common painkillers lower levels of prostate cancer biomarker

Common painkillers like aspirin and ibuprofen appear to lower a man's PSA level, the blood biomarker widely used by physicians to help gauge whether a man is at risk of prostate cancer. But the authors of the study, which appears online Sept. 8 in the journal Cancer , caution that men shouldn'...

Minorities Less Likely to Get Powerful Painkillers in ER

Study finds whites are prescribed opioids more often than blacks, Hispanics WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2 (HealthDay News) -- If you arrive in an emergency room in significant pain, you are less likely to be prescribed a narcotic to ease that pain if you are not white, new research shows. The ...

Vioxx Settlement Puts Painkillers Back in the Spotlight

Cox-2 inhibitors not so bad if used wisely and in the right patients, experts say FRIDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- With Friday's announcement of almost $5 billion to be paid out to those people claiming they were hurt by the now-withdrawn painkiller Vioxx, the drug's maker, Merck &am...

Morphine Painkillers Won't Impair Driving

Study found no difference in motorists' reaction times SATURDAY, Oct. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Moderate, long-term use of opioid pain medications such as morphine does not impair a person's driving ability, U.S. researchers report. A team at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago c...

Antidepressants and painkillers - a dangerous combination

Taking antidepressants together with painkillers can substantially increase the risk of bleeding from the stomach, according to new research by the University of East Anglia. The antidepressant drugs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors known as SSRIs, are recommended by the National Instit...

Why don't painkillers work for people with fibromyalgia?

ANN ARBOR, Mich. People who have the common chronic pain condition fibromyalgia often report that they dont respond to the types of medication that relieve other peoples pain. New research from the University of Michigan Health System helps to explain why that might be: Patients with fibromyalgia...

FDA Panel Urges Tough Controls on Acetaminophen Painkillers

Liver harm fears could lead to ban on Vicodin, Percocet, new dosing recommendations for Tylenol TUESDAY, June 30 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health advisers recommended on Tuesday to lower the maximum dose of over-the-counter acetaminophen -- the key ingredient in Tylenol, Excedrin and ma...

FDA Adds New Label Warnings to Over-the-Counter Painkillers

Acetaminophen, NSAIDs can cause liver or stomach illness in certain situations, officials warn,,,, TUESDAY, April 28 (HealthDay News) -- Many over-the-counter painkillers and fever reducers will have to carry new warnings on the potential danger of liver damage and stomach bleeding, U....

FDA Warns Drug Makers to Stop Selling Unapproved Prescription Painkillers

Action should not affect consumers or lead to shortages, the agency says,,,, TUESDAY, March 31 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday warned nine companies to stop making 14 unapproved prescription narcotic painkillers. These unapproved products pose a ...

FDA Seeks Better Regulation of Painkillers

Powerful opioid drugs can pose risks even for patients, agency says MONDAY, Feb. 9 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced plans Monday to tackle growing concern over the misuse of powerful painkillers by requiring manufacturers of certain opioid drugs to he...

Study shows doctor's offices can help stem abuse of Oxycontin, other narcotic painkillers

ANN ARBOR, Mich. Every day, thousands of doctors around the United States walk a tightrope stretched between their duty to help patients in pain -- and the risk of abetting illegal and life-destroying drug addiction and dependence, and losing their medical license for doing so. They walk this...

Acupuncture Cuts Need for Post-Op Painkillers

It also eases nausea linked to these drugs, research shows WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Powerful opioids taken after surgery can have powerful side effects, but new research finds that using acupuncture before and during an operation cuts a patient's need for the painkillers....

Regular Use of Painkillers may Cause Blood Pressure in Men

Middle-aged men who regularly use painkillers may have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure compared with those who do not use such medications//, according to a report in the February 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin are among the...

Codeine-based painkillers to be used cautiously

Pharmacists advise that people should be aware of the dangers of overusing the opium-based drug codeine found in many painkillers.// People should consult their pharmacist before taking painkillers. This was suggested by the Irish Pharmaceutical Union (IPU). “These medicines, which are...

UK Recommendations On Painkillers Flaunted

A study in Postgraduate Medical Journal says that UK recommendations for the availability of paracetamol, a common painkiller are being flaunted.// In September 1998, new legislation was introduced to limit the impact of excess doses of paracetamol, which were responsible for 200 deaths in England ...

Overdose of Opioid Painkillers Can Kill Pain and The Patient

The most common drugs responsible for deaths due to overdose happens to be opioid painkillers which are procured illegally without a prescription//, say researchers. According to the researchers, powerful opioid drugs like oxycodone or fentanyl are now being frequently prescribed by Doctors...

Study Advocates Use Of Oral Painkillers After Cesarean Section

A new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has advocated the use of oral pain medication like oxycodone and acetaminophen for pain relief// after a cesarean section. The researchers say that this appears to be a better option than patient-controlled morphine. Usi...

Aspirin Might Counter Side Effects of Cox-2 Painkillers

After the failure of Vioxx, pain killer which was found to cause the death of Robert C. Ernst on May 2001 after taking Vioxx. Merck Pharma the manufacturers of Vioxx were asked by the Texas Jury to pay $253.5 million as compensation // to Mrs. Ernst. Over 5 years, about 20 million people worldwide...

Calcitriol [Vitamin D] with combination of painkillers for cancer treatment

Professor David Feldman and his colleagues from the Stanford University School of Medicine have reported the results of their study in the journal Cancer Research. The result of the study has found that //high doses of Vitamin D with pain killers were found to reduce the growth of cancer in patient...

In The Habit Of Taking Painkillers For Your Chronic Headache? Time To Switch Over

It has been found out that women who regularly take painkillers are more prone to develop high blood pressure than women who don’t take any. Infact there is a 2 fold increased risk // , which draws attention. The regular use of these drugs by millions of people may help explain the growing in...

Voluntary Recall Of Tainted Painkillers

Metal-tainted acetaminophen outbreak appears to be the latest in a series of outbreaks this fall. However no one appears to have been harmed. //Still Perrigo Company, the world's largest manufacturer of generic over-the-counter drugs is not planning on taking any chances. At a cost of $2.9 million,...

Drug dilemma confronts users of painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration announced that Vioxx - Merck's blockbuster painkiller, would include new information on its label. The FDA said that Merck can claim that Vioxx has fewer gastrointestinal complications// than one older non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, naproxen. But the FDA also...

Steroid Can Ease Severe Sore Throat

...han's team noted that significant pain relief was only observed in adult patients and not in children receiving corticosteroids. In addition, other painkillers made no difference in the results, the researchers found. "What we don't know is: do corticosteroids replace antibiotics?" Heneghan stated. "That's...

Questions to Pharmacists Rise After Michael Jackson's Death

...me, ambulatory and chronic care practices, 28 percent of the pharmacists said patients have been asking more questions about the risks of prescription painkillers since Jackson's death on June 25. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) survey was conducted on July 1. "While circumstances ...

FDA Mandates Tougher Warnings for Pain Pills

...e Darvon and is marketed today by a wide number of generic drug makers. Last week, an FDA advisory panel recommended that the popular prescription painkillers Vicodin and Percocet, which combine acetaminophen with an opiate narcotic, be banned. Darvocet contains acetaminophen. More information T...

FDA Panel Urges Ban on Vicodin, Percocet

...opiate narcotic, should be banned, and the maximum dose of over-the-counter painkillers with acetaminophen, like Tylenol or Excedrin, should be lowered, a U.S. Foo...er awareness that acetaminophen -- which is easier on the stomach than such painkillers as aspirin and ibuprofen -- can cause such injury. The dangers from use ...

FDA Advisers Urge Smaller Doses of Acetaminophen

...t found that severe liver damage and even death can result from a lack of consumer awareness that acetaminophen -- which is easier on the stomach than painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen -- can cause such injury. Also, many people may take more than the recommended dose of acetaminophen-based, over-the-...

FDA Advisers Recommend Smaller Doses of Acetaminophen

...urate dosing instructions can be determined and adequate efficacy data exist to support dosing. On April 28, the FDA said many over-the-counter painkillers and fever reducers will now have to carry new warnings on the potential danger of liver damage and stomach bleeding. Manufacturers will have to inc...

Michael Jackson Get the Medical Facts Behind the Headlines at CelebrityDiagnosis.com

...s the medical meaning behind the headlines. Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 28, 2009 -- Did a dangerous combination of prescription painkillers contribute to Michael Jackson's sudden death from cardiac arrest? What does this case have in common with the recent deaths of other celebrities such ...

Michael Jackson Joins Tragic List of Accidental Celebrity Deaths Caused by Prescription Drugs, Says eDrugSearch.com

...ctor died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs that included the painkillers OxyContin and Vicodin, the anti-anxiety drugs Xanax and Valium, and the sle... Year was found dead in her fiance's home in 2003 from a combination of the painkillers codeine and oxycodone. Her death may or may not have been an accident; some...

National Expert on Prescription Drug Abuse, Addicted Physicians Available for Media Interviews From Hazelden

..., but everyday people from teens to older adults. Marv can speak in layman's terms about the complicated disease of addiction, especially addiction to painkillers and other prescription drugs. A board member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine with 20 years of experience in addiction treatment an...

Painkillers May Be Good for the Prostate

...d SATURDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- Taking over-the-counter painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen might help men avoid prostate problems. Bu... men, making urination difficult. But men in St. Sauver's study who took painkillers daily had more than a third fewer moderate to severe urinary problems than ...

FDA Report Urges Tougher Acetaminophen Warning

...urate dosing instructions can be determined and adequate efficacy data exist to support dosing. On April 28, the FDA said many over-the-counter painkillers and fever reducers will now have to carry new warnings on the potential danger of liver damage and stomach bleeding. Manufacturers will have to inc...

Plaques, Tangles in Brain Don't Always Lead to Alzheimer's

... the onset of dementia." For now, doctors are very limited in how they can treat Alzheimer's, Kennedy said. Medications can treat symptoms, much as painkillers help some people tolerate arthritis, but they don't cure the disease, he said. And in many cases, the drugs simply don't work, he said. More i...
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